Back in August, I introduced a new idea I had for this year: Face Off. It is basically a way for students to vote on which book they liked the best. It integrates reading, graphing, questioning, and stating an opinion. It is an activity that can take a few seconds or you can dig deeper.
I had decided to put this activity in the hallway because our kiddos move classes. I thought it might be something they could vote on while they wait for their next class.
But I have to be honest...I did not really think this was going to work well. Once the year gets started, I often have trouble keeping up with little things like this. For example, I used to have a timeline in this same spot. I wanted to post all the books and activities that we did in a timeline format.
That did not work out. I could not keep up with it.
I really thought the same was going to happen with the Face Off idea. It didn't matter what I thought, I was still going to try it.
And surprisingly, it has been so easy. After two books are read, I just throw them up on the curtain rod. That is literally all I do! The voting tape is hanging there at all times.
The year started off with our votes looking like this:
Then we taught them how to make a bar graph:
We have also used dye cuts to form a pictograph:
If you want to try it out at your school, it is as easy I stated above. If you want to dig even deeper with your class into the reading, math, and even writing components of this activity, I have created some graphic organizers and graphs that can accompany the voting.
I do have to tell you. My favorite weeks are when the kids say "Ahhh, why are you making this so hard? How am I suppose to pick between those books?" That is the best feeling!